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Beyond the Clock

Focus on LABOUR 2020 I was present when an assistant editor in our department got promoted to associate, and received oversight of one (1) subordinate. “This is great,” he said! “I have always wanted somebody I could push around.” I…

Vetting naïve applicants

Do they have the space when you have the time? By Chris McKaskell, guest feature writer, London, Ont. Having spent time with all manner of cabinet shop owners over the years, only one thing is certain: what makes an organization…

China’s trade power: The next chapter

Focus on Import/Export The rumours are swirling among the worker base at the Ford plant in Oakville, Ont. They say the plant is closing over Covid-19 and will not re-open, and the focus is not on the spread of the disease, but on the…

How did safety get unsafe?

HAVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF REAL PEOPLE BEEN HIJACKED? WELL, IT FINALLY HAPPENED. Not to me, but my son-in-law’s brother, who has been an expert stone- and solid-surface tile and countertop installer for nearly 20 years. The stone saw…

Get real about succession

Family businesses can prosper beyond the founding generation — it just takes planning and perspective When is a good time to sell the shop? Should I let my kids take over and risk it being run into the ground? These are good

Big Fraud behind Big Data

Digital ad reliance has cash sinkholes Image by xresch from Pixabay Are you getting what you pay for with your digital ad dollar? Or a you innocently paying for the nearly $6 billion US in global fraud that is projected for 2019 as

Why race builders to the BOTTOM?

Every wood shop wants its clients to be happy campers. Providing quality products delivered on-time and on-budget go along way toward creating an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. Levels of service and quality are key with…

Tall wood

Enthusiasm builds in Canada for multi-storey structural wood buildings Despite historical fire and structural safety concerns, the modest, tall wood buildings movement of the last few decades is picking up steam in Canada. To…

Outsmart wood shop injury

MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS (MSDs), such as chronic back pain or shoulder problems, often take time to develop. Forceful exertion, awkward positions, hand-arm and whole-body vibration, contact stress, and repetitive tasks can add up over time…

BLITZES are coming

Machine guards safely in place? The Ministry of Labour in Ontario (MOL) has a list of “workplace inspection blitzes and initiatives” for the new year, part of its annual deployment of industrial health and safety inspectors to fabrication…

Great communication

Great service strategy  During an age when there is an abundance of communications channels with customers, shops have to continually re-evaluate how they provide service. The intake point — and follow-up — with clients can be via a…

Reader Survey 2018

Sheds some light — and fun — on your vocation Because I often claim my hits, I also have to admit my misses, and I missed big-time on the lead question on this year’s survey. It was about pot, and I figured the industry would be concerned…

Canada’s design palette

True north strong and Regional Like the homes dotting the harbour in Lunenburg, N.S., Canada’s design palette, is a vast, colourful and purposeful one. And our climate certainly drives choices that are made during design projects.…